Recently our pastor said something I have been chewing over in my mind ever since.
The Church is not only an organization; it is an organism.
The Church is a living Body. We are the Body of Christ Himself. But I think too often, the Church settles with being a mere organization.
If more Christians viewed the Church as a living organism rather than just another organization, I think the Church would be more relevant. We couldn’t be ignored or overlooked. And we certainly wouldn’t only think of the Church on Sunday mornings.
In Acts 5, the disciples were put in prison but an angel opened the doors and set them free, telling them (in verse 20) to “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” The angel told them to go right back and do what had gotten them thrown in jail. And the disciples obeyed, going to the temple early in the morning and teaching again. Because they knew they had the words of LIFE. They were not building a club or a place to get dressed up and socialize on Sunday mornings. They were offering LIFE.
Once again, they were brought before the high priest. Then in verse 28, the high priest said to the disciples, “you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine . . . ” Wow! What a challenge to us! These first disciples had filled the city with the Truth, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Is my Church doing that? Are we filling our town with the doctrine of Jesus? Am I doing that? Am I offering words of life everywhere I go? Do I really believe I am part of a living organism, the Body of my Savior?
Well then, it’s time to start living like my Church isn’t just some place I go on Sunday mornings.